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Dynamic visual noise interferes with storage in visual working memory

Whittaker, Annalise; Dewhurst, Stephen A.; Dean, Graham M.


Annalise Whittaker

Graham M. Dean


Several studies have demonstrated that dynamic visual noise (DVN) does not interfere with memory for random matrices. This has led to suggestions that (a) visual working memory is distinct from imagery, and (b) visual working memory is not a gateway between sensory input and long-term storage. A comparison of the interference effects of DVN with memory for matrices and colored textures shows that DVN can interfere with visual working memory, probably at a level of visual detail not easily supported by long-term memory structures or the recoding of the visual pattern elements. The results support a gateway model of visuospatial working memory and raise questions about the most appropriate ways to measure and model the different levels of representation of information that can be held in visual working memory.


Whittaker, A., Dewhurst, S. A., & Dean, G. M. (2008). Dynamic visual noise interferes with storage in visual working memory. Experimental Psychology, 55(4), 283-289.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2008
Publication Date Jul 24, 2008
Print ISSN 1618-3169
Electronic ISSN 2190-5142
Publisher Hogrefe
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 4
Pages 283-289
Keywords Experimental and Cognitive Psychology; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); General Psychology; General Medicine
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